Reading about all the doom and gloom for 2012, predicted by various religions and cults, not to mention the end of the Mayan calendar, the nagging thought stays with me, that none of these prophecies tally with the prophecies of Lord Buddha, more than 2,500 years ago. Buddha left his rules for wholesome living and development, together with the predictions for the future for the world, in his collection of 45 volumes, called “Tripeedok”. For those of you who can obtain access to these texts in English, it is highly recommended reading. Many of these prophecies have already come to pass and are still in the developing stages, however, nowhere is there mention of the end of the world…
According to Buddha’s prophecies, the age of man will continue to spiral downwards until a five year-old child will already have a spouse and the maximum age would be approx. 10 to 12 years of age.
Buddhism will deteriorate as a religion. People become ordained to gain a comfortable life, without the practice of moral conduct and meditation, which is the main reason for the age decline on a world-wide basis.
Man’s constant abuse of nature will bring plagues and disasters with it and the suffering of people will increase until they see the wisdom of practicing good moral conduct and meditation. The moment that this truth is realized, the age of man will start to increase again. This will continue until approx. 6,000 years after Buddha’s death, [or his attaining nirvana], when the next Buddha will appear to guide mankind on a new path to enlightenment and fulfillment.
In short then, it can be concluded that the world we know now, must end to make way for a new and better one. This is not the crash and boom of our planet, but rather the evolvement of mankind that needs to take place before the coming of the next Buddha…
There are countless more examples in the Tripeedok volumes, which I unfortunately don’t have access to. The one thing that I am certain of, is that the destructive forces that govern the world today, may seem invincible now, but in the end, they always fall.
It is up to the individual to develop the spiritual essence within each one of us and to practice good moral conduct, hold the five precepts, make merit in whatever way one can, and finally develop the practice of meditation correctly and continuously.
May all blessings be with you and may you succeed in your quest for spiritual and material fulfillment. Ayu wanno suckang pallang, which translated, means the four blessings of,
long life, beauty happiness and strength